DALLAS, Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Match.com, the website that helps singles find their beginnings, today released a survey of members that puts a finger on the pulse of singles' attitudes about dating and the early stages of a relationship.
Of those members who participated in Match.com's survey, 85 percent agree that there shouldn't be any kissing on the first date, and 62 percent agree that men should foot the bill for that initial rendezvous. Such traditional dating attitudes in the new decade aren't the only surprises from Match.com singles.
Here are the highlights:
- Taking each other at face value: When meeting each other for the first time in person, 32 percent of women are most interested in a man's smile, while 30 percent of men focus on their dates' eyes.
- Dinner or a movie? Nearly half of the singles surveyed still prefer a casual dinner out for a first date, while less than 1 percent chose movie theaters as good first-date options.
- Check, please: While a majority of men and women agreed that the guy should pick up the bill on a first date, 37 percent said that splitting the bill was preferable. A paltry two-tenths of a percent thought the woman should pick up the check.
- Kiss and Tell: About 85 percent of both men and women feel uncomfortable kissing someone on the first date. Men were more willing to pucker up quickly; however, approximately 35 percent said that by the second date, a kiss felt more appropriate.
- Let's do this again: 55 percent of women still expect the man to call after the first date. Meanwhile, 73 percent of men surveyed said it's OK for either dater to follow up.
- Those three little words: About 50 percent of singles – split evenly between men and women – agreed that you should wait at least three months before saying "I love you."
Match.com pioneered online personals when it launched on the Web in 1995 and continues to lead this exciting and evolving category after more than a decade. Throughout its 14-year history, Match.com has helped redefine the way people meet and fall in love. Match.com provides a rich tapestry of ethnicities, interests, goals, ambitions, quirks, looks and personalities from which to choose. Match.com operates some of the leading subscription-based online dating sites in 24 countries, in eight languages and spanning five continents, as well as oversees its ongoing investment in Meetic. Match.com also powers online dating on MSN across Asia, Australia, the United States and Latin America. Match.com is an operating business of IAC.